Academic Monitoring and Progress
. Assessments at LGS JT Junior Section are a way to gauge how well a student is able to understand the concepts taught in class.
. In class I and II marks or percentages are not reported. We look at each student’s progress holistically and there is emphasis on consistency in learning and effort.
- Key Factor
. Being regular and independent with class work and homework is key in contributing towards each student’s learning curve as well as creating a clear picture of the student’s academic progress.
- On line vs. In school
. Considering the evolving situation this year some subject assessments may be announced to facilitate data collection and the opportunity for students to appear for the assessment in these extenuating circumstances.
. Students are not ranked in comparison to each other and we are mindful of the difference between online and in-school outcomes.
- Independent Learning
. At Lahore Grammar School, our aim is to produce progressive, confident and successful learners. We nurture in our students a love of learning and wish to produce tolerant and responsible citizens through character building, civic sense and ethics. We expect our students to observe these values and their parents to reinforce them at home. However, we will not be able to accomplish this task without your support.
. Please refrain from prompting during on line classes generally and especially during any form of evaluation process. The damage done is
insurmountable to the child’s psyche.
Q. Why weren’t the parents informed of the assessment? Why isn’t there a date sheet?
Ans. Our school does not offer “exams” or “tests” in the conventional sense of the word – there are no date sheets. To provide an authentic process of student understanding, assessments are ongoing and unannounced.
Q. The school claims that the learning process is hands-on and activity based.Then why are the children doing questions and answers?
Ans. Hands on and activity based learning does not mean that there will only be objective and no subjective questioning. Besides fill in the blanks, mcqs and labeling, children are taught to synthesize and process information by inferring and reaching conclusions in a question/answer format too.
Q. This topic was taught last year. How can my child remember it?
Ans. Children are systematically trained and encouraged to apply their learning of previous years as they transition from one grade to the next. The syllabus of every
grade is an extension of the previous grade.
Q. The school claims that the learning process is hands-on and activity based. Then why are the children expected to learn by heart? (Grades IV/V)
Ans. It is imperative that some educational material like definitions, formulas and tables have to be learnt and memorized. It is just one of the learning tools and is
not to be attained without proper understanding.
Q. Why was the test so long? (Grades IV/V)
Ans. Gradually children are weaned to expand their focal span otherwise even very smart children crumble under the stress of not being able to stay focused for
more than a few minutes.
Q. How can you have one assessment of 15 marks? It is too much.
Ans. The total marks of all assessments are converted into a percentage – so the grand total of all assessments in a subject could be 50 or 150 but the result will
only reflect the percentage. Each subject has strand wise weight-age
Q. Why didn’t the teacher read out the comprehension?
Ans. In classes III-V the comprehensions are carefully selected according to the grade level and must be done independently by the students. This develops their
ability to skim, scan and infer.
Q. My child was sick. What happens if an assessment is missed?
Ans. Assessments are actually class work that is graded to check the students understanding. So, unless your daughter has been absent for very long, her grades will not be affected as her percentage is calculated from the total of her attempted assessments only. A dash on the report card represents insufficient
Q. My child gets good marks but the report places him/her progressing toward the expected level. Why is this so?
Ans. All work done by the students is marked; it may or may not be an assessment. Especially in classes I and II children are encouraged and trained to continue learning even through an assessment. Hence, if work was done with the teacher’s help or in extra time, it will be mentioned on the work, it will be marked but the student’s academic development will be placed under “progressing”.